Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Our address

If you would like to submit a book for a dish, please send it along to:

dee's Book Reviews
PO Box 176
Corbin, VA 22446

Please be sure to include any pertinent information, such as a release date, bio information, or contact information. Please include an e-mail address so that I may contact you and let you know that I received your submission.

Thank you.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

I'm An Editor, Agent, Publisher. Can I Send You Books, News?

You bet!

New author you really want to get the word out on? Send us their book and a press release. We'll dish the book and automatically consider it for FAB.

Have news you want to spread around the web? Send it on over. We're working on new aspects of our site that will allow announcements!

Do You Read And Dish On Every Book Sent You?

We try.

We may not get to it right away, but we try and read books sent to us first. If you have a book that will be released soon and would like to have it dished on by a certain date, you may want to send us a note and let us know, if we think we can do it, we'll let you know. If we can't do it by the date you request, we'll let you know and the choice to send it will be yours to make.

Please remember, we will be honest in our dish. If we don't particularly like the book, we'll say so. Submit at your own risk.

If I Send You My Book, Am I A Guaranteed FAB?


Sorry. It just doesn't work that way. We can't even promise a glowing dish. We have to be honest above all else. And our FAB picks are books that really speak to us or make us laugh or are just plain enjoyable. We may like a book, but very few merit the FAB title.

What Is The Best Way To Be Picked For FAB?

Send us your book. We can't consider it if we haven't read it.

At present, the dee's find their FAB picks by scouring the bookstores for new authors, and not only is it time consuming, not all stores may be carrying your book. You can e-mail us at deeanddeedish @ sbcglobal.net (once again, without the spaces) for the address to send the book(s). Please note, one dee is in VA and the other in KS, so if you don't have a particular dee in mind, you will need to send two copies to make it timely.

I Write e-Books, Why Are They Not Considered?

At the present time, the dee's do not read many e-books.

We are both very busy and do not have an e-Reader, so it isn't as easy for us to take e-books with us on the go. If you would still like us to dish on your e-book, we will be more than happy to do that, and you can send us the link at deeanddeedish @ sbcglobal.net (without the spaces). We are considering a separate week each month devoted to great new e-book finds, so feel free to send them over and look for details of the e-FAB in the near future.

I'm An Author But This Will Make Book 6 For Me, Can I Still Be Considered For FAB?

There are a few exceptions to our FAB guidelines.

If you are already established but will be introducing a new book under a pen name, the new book can be considered, BUT, we will not dish the books written under your other name during that week. We will mention you also write under that name, but the FAB week will be all about your new identity.

If you have been e-published and are now breaking out into print format, we will be glad to consider your print work for FAB.

Anthologies that you have contributed to do not count. FAB is for full length novels only. We will gladly dish on your anthology work during the week, but it will not be a major focus.

Are There Guidelines For FAB Picks?

1) The author cannot have published more than 5 full length novels.
2) We prefer that the author has not yet hit any major bestsellers list.

We are trying to get the word out about new finds, and chances are, if the author has a bestseller, we'll be reading it and dishing on it anyway. We love debut authors as well, so many times you'll find us spotlighting a brand new author.

What Is FAB?

FAB = Fabulous Author/Book.

Both dee's love to find new authors that write excellent books. In order to introduce our readers to great new talent, we initiated FAB. Each month, the dee's will each have an author they will spotlight. There will be contests, reviews of their book(s), and interviews. We encourage readers to post questions to the author and if you've read or pre-ordered the book or books, we'd love to hear what you thought or what made you decide to try the author. The contests vary, but generally they involve a viral blogging theme.

You Keep Saying That - Honest But Not Cruel. Wouldn't It Be More Fun If You Were Cruel?

More fun? For who? It just isn't in our nature to be cruel.

Both of the dee's are writers (pre-pubbed, but still) and we understand the amount of work, blood, sweat and tears that go into writing a novel. So, if we don't like the book, we'll tell you, and we won't sugar coat. BUT, not liking a book is no excuse to belittle the author or all of their hard work. Sometimes we have very strong feelings of dislike for a book, and I'm sure that comes across just fine without resorting to nastiness.

Why Dish? Isn't It A Review?

Technically? We suppose it is.

If you look up the word review at dictionary.com then what we post falls into that category. However, we don't really feel like that's what we do. We say dish, because basically, we're just two friends talking about the books we've read. We say what we liked, what we didn't, and we keep it honest but not cruel.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Okay, But WHY Should I Listen To You?

Well, 'cause we're pretty? Nah, that's probably not the answer you were looking for. In all honesty, we can see two possible answers, the first sounding totally conceited and just plain wrong, and the second being the truth.

1 - (Totally conceited answer) Because we're extremely intelligent women who just happen to be right. About everything.

2 - (The truth) That's actually not a question we can give an answer to. You'll just have to read our thoughts on the books and see if they jive with yours. The good thing here is, if we liked a book and you totally hated it, you can read our reviews and read the opposite into them. On that same note, if we happen to like a book and you do too, it would seem our tastes are similar, therefore, you'll be able to look for some new books. That's why we post reviews on books whether we like them or not. Remember, we're going to be honest about a review, so not all of them will be favorable. We will, however never be cruel. We'll give you our thoughts, good and bad, and you'll be able to see if you like the way we think or not. We just really hope you'll like the way we think ;)

So, Who Exactly are dee and Dee?

You know, this isn't exactly an easy question to answer, because really, who exactly are any of us? But, we'll try.

dee - The only d whose name actually begins with "d". Busy wife and mother of six, aspiring writer (and she so totally rocks on with her bad self on the writing gig), when she's not homeschooling, waitressing, or taking care of her fabulous family, she's a readin'. You can of course check out her Personal Dish by clicking here. And then, you can click here to see her ABC's of Me(Me).

Comments are open on all FAQ posts, if you would like further info, please just leave us a comment and we'll make sure to answer it.

Monday, January 22, 2007

All You Ever Wanted To Know...And Then Some

Hello, Lovelies! If you are looking for our reviews, please click here or you can click the link on the side over there. We moved the review site so we could organize everything better and make it easier for you to find our dishes, and we love our new home, BUT (I know, always a but) we have this address here so we figured we may as well make use of it. So now, this site will serve as the FAQ page for dee & Dee dish.

We're just now getting it going, but soon you'll find FAQ's, submission guidelines, and the little rants (erm, essays) that we have rumbling around in our heads. Basically, if it aint a review, but it's still about books, you'll find it here. We'll make sure to link it from our review page, so no need to point bookmarks. This is basically a spot for information purposes only. Make sense? Oh good, I'm glad it does to one of us ;)!

Take Care

Monday, January 01, 2007

We have MOVED!!!

Happy New Year, you wonderful people!

If you're reading this though, I'm a little worried about you. See, it's January 1, 2007, and we are not HERE anymore. This is the LAST post at this site.

But don't worry, this site will stay up for a while, because it has directions to our new home. And we really want all of you to come on over to the new place and find us. It's a whole different atmosphere over there. The paint is different, we've hung some pictures up on the walls, we even have mood lighting! Plus, we're going to be unveiling so many wonderful new ways for you to WIN BOOKS, you really don't want to miss it.

So head on over to the new digs. All you have to do is click HERE , or you can point your web browser in this direction - http://deeanddeedish.blogspot.com . Either way will get you there. Remember to change or add a new bookmark, so you can easily find us.

From BOTH of us to ALL of you...

Take Care, and Keep Turning Those Pages!!

Dee and dee

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Readers Pick The Best of 2006

Our readers picks for Best of The Best 2006

Our readers have spoken, and they should be heard. As you all know, we held our last contest of 2006 recently. The contest was quite simple, really. We told you our Top Three Picks of 2006, and we asked you to tell us yours. Many of you were kind enough to respond, and we've compiled a list, based on what YOU liked best this past year. Without further ado, we present YOUR picks for the Best of the Best of 2006. This list is in no particular order, it's just a complilation of your choices. We've deleted your comments, for the sake of space and time. However, if you're interested to know about a particular title on the list, zap us an e-mail and we'll be happy to share what other readers had to say. No, we won't tell you who picked what, but here you go...

The Marriage Spell by Mary Jo Putney
Intuition by Allegra Goodman
All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Single in Suburbia by Wendy Wax
Email to the Front by Alesia Holiday*** (2003)
Welcome to Temptation by Jenny Crusie***
Faking It by Jenny Crusie***
Confessions of a Super Mom by Melanie Lynne Hauser
Total Waste of Make-Up by Kim Gruenenfelder
She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel
Heat by Bill Buford
The Sharing Knife by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Witness by Dee Henderson
Beach Road by James Patterson
Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn
The Comeback Kiss** by Lani Diane Rich (chosen twice)
Hex and the Single Girl by Valerie Frankel
Too Big to Miss by Sue Ann Jaffarian
Specials by Scott Westerfeld
Bleed by Laurie Ann Stolarz
Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen
12 Sharp * ** by Janet Evanovich (chosen twice)
Baby Proof by Emily Giffin
Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris***
Body Movers by Stephanie Bond
Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris***
Just for Kicks* by Susan Andersen
Francesca's Kitchen by Peter Pezzelli
Farewell Summer by Ray Bradbury
The Life and Times of Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout
Triangle by Catherine Weber
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
Sold by Patricia McCormick
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Dear John* by Nicholas Sparks
Testing Kate*# by Whitney Gaskell
Tenth Circle** by Jodi Picoult (chosen twice)
Don't Look Down by Jennifer Crusie*** and Bob Mayer
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion Blondes Have More Felons* by Alesia Holiday***
Werewolf Rising*# by R.L. LaFevers
The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Poison Study by Maria V Snyder

* This book was reviewed by us in 2006
** This book was chosen by more than one reader as a Top Pick
***This author was chosen by more than one reader
#This book was one of the six chosen by us as Best of the Best 2006

What's the list tell us? Well, two of your Top Picks were also two of ours. We reviewed more than a few of the books on your list, and read (but didn't review) at least a few others. And, of course, it tells us that you like a very wide range of books, just like we do. Thanks for taking the time to let us know what moved you most, what you like best, and of course, for tuning in to see what we've been reading. If you have a book you'd like us to review, we're always open for suggestions. Just drop us a line at deeanddeedish@sbcglobal.net , or leave us a comment. That's what we're here for! And, as always...

Take Care and Keep turning those pages!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Girls in Pants, Ann Brashares

Well now, that's not your normal and expected type of book for me to review, is it? Yeah, get over it. I needed to do a review. I was actually supposed to have one up yesterday, but I got lazy. I spent the day watching The Godfather with my hubs, then had to make him spaghetti. Who says tv isn't influential? Not his stomach, that's for sure.

So why am I doing a review of a YA book that's been out for over a year? Because I can. And also because it's a darn good book. The fact that the 4th book in the series is coming out soon has nothing to do with it. At all. Ok, maybe a little bit. The fact that it will be released January 9th, and I will be there waiting at Borders that morning, with my oldest daughter, and that we will argue all the way home about who gets to read it first is irrelevant, ok? Oh, and just so you know... I will win, because I am bigger. Also, because I have the Visa that will purchase the book. She won't complain too much though. Again, because I have the Visa. Also, because I'm a very fast reader, and she'll have the book before dinner, I'm sure. But that's that book, and this review is about this one. So here goes...

I was introduced to the Traveling Pants books a few years back by my daughter. She found the first one and wanted to read it. Like any mom wanting her daughter to love books, I bought it. However, unlike some moms, I read it first. That was the rule in our house. She could pick any book she wanted, but I got to read it first, just to be sure. It wasn't that I didn't trust her, it was just that I wanted to know what she was reading. Now the rule is that she can pick any book, but she understands that I can read it at any time. And if there is anything in it that I might get squicky about, she has to tell me before I find out on my own. I have to admit, she reads some darn good books. This series is proof to me that there are some really great YA authors out there!

Book 3, Girls In Pants, centers around The Third Summer of the Sisterhood. Basically, for those unfamiliar with the premise, four best friends found this magical pair of pants that fits them all to utter perfection. They are all just as different on the outside as they are on the inside, but The Pants don't seem to know that. Through two summers, The Pants have worked their magic in the lives of these young ladies, being there through joy and heartache. This summer though, these four might just need more than pants to make it through.

Bridget is heading off to coach soccer camp in Pennsylvania. She's the youngest coach there, only a few years older than her team. But even more than that, can she come face to face with The Boy from her past and walk away unscathed?

Lena wants more than anything to put thoughts of her old flame, Kostos, behind her. Immersing herself in an art project in order to win a much-meeded scholarship might be just the thing she needs to heal her broken heart.

Carmen meets the perfect guy, but is tortured about it. He seems to see her only at her best, and she knows there is more to her than what he's seeing. Does she bare her real self to him, or let him go on believing that she's really "Good Carmen"?

Tibby hates change. She doesn't want summer to start, because then it will end. When it ends, everyone is leaving, going off to college, starting new lives. If she could just keep things the same, everything would be fine. Why does the world keep moving forward when all she wants is for it to Pause for a while?

These are just a few of the dilemmas the young ladies must face during their last summer at home. With summer nearing its end, the world as they know it is almost over. How will they make it through all that this final summer has in store for them? Well, in The Pants, of course. And more importantly - Together.

Ms. Brashares is just freakin' brilliant, that's all I can say. She has managed to create this world where things like dead moms, and crazy grandmas, and boys that do you wrong, and girls that die, and friends that help you through it all, well, this world is right there, in your hands, as you turn the pages. I've read the first two books in the series and they are beautiful, but this one is beyond that. This one... oh, man, it's good!

This is a YA book I'm talking about, ok? But still, it put me right back there, into that very same summer that she's describing. I had three friends too, and we were a lot like the Septembers (so named because their moms were all friends during pregnancy and all gave birth in September). There was a smart one and a brash one and a beautiful one and a serious one. Just like this book though, we each got to be different things at different times. That's the beauty of friendship. You get to be all, and sometimes nothing, and that's ok. They'll still love you when the day is through, or even when the summer is over.

Each of the girls has a different passion, and Ms. Brashares is almost intimate with each of the things that define these young ladies. For Bridget, or Bee, it's sports. She breathes soccer, and running, and anything athletic. I know what she means when Bee talks about a natural high during a run, and I can almost feel my muscles straining with her. Carmen is so full of life that it oozes out of every pore. I get caught up in her exuberance. Lena is an artist, and seeing her family as she draws their portraits almost makes me think I could be proficient with some charcoal and a sketch pad (NOT!). And Tibby, the one who wants most for things to stay exactly the same, embraces life, in the most basic sense of the word, with such courage and bravery that it had tears streaming down my face.

I loved this book. Let me tell you that again, ok? I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you have a daughter that is anywhere between 13 and 20, you should buy her this book. If you are a young lady between 15 and 25, you should buy this book for yourself. If you are a woman, betwen 20 and 90, you should treat yourself to this fantastic read. Are you getting the idea that I'm going to read the next one first, and it has nothing to do with making sure it's ok for my daughter to read? I'm going to read it because I love this series, because I love getting sucked in to this world Ms. Brashares has created, where girls grow up and move on and learn to love and learn to let go, and still, through it all, cling tight to that wonderful gift they have been given. Yes, those magical pants are great. But the magic is not in what the Pants do for them. The magic is in what the Pants help them see, about each other, and about themselves.

Just do yourself a favor and read this book. Read the whole series. And then call up those friends of yours and tell them just how much they mean. Because you know, summer was over a few months ago, and things won't ever be the same again. But maybe, with a little luck and some magic Pants, you can feel that way again.

Keep turning those pages,